Harvard Men’s Hockey Outlasts Clarkson, 6-4, to Complete First-Round Sweep

Harvard Men’s Hockey Outlasts Clarkson, 6-4, to Complete First-Round Sweep

Moriarty scored the first two of Harvard's four third-period goals (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

POTSDAM, N.Y.—Behind two goals from Daniel Moriarty, the Harvard men's hockey team outdueled host Clarkson, 6-4, Saturday night at Cheel Arena to complete a series sweep and advance to the ECAC Hockey Championship quarterfinals.  

Pier-Olivier Michaud, Alex Fallstrom, Michael Biega and Alex Killorn also scored. Killorn, Danny Biega and Chris Huxley recorded two assists each. No. 10 seed Harvard (11-19-1) swept a first-round series for the second straight year and will find out its quarterfinal opponent—Union, Yale or Dartmouth—Sunday.

Seventh-seeded Clarkson (15-19-2) held a 3-2 lead after two periods, but Moriarty scored twice early in the third, during a five-minute power play, to put Harvard ahead. The Crimson piled 42 shots on CU goaltender Paul Karpowich, who finished with 36 saves. Ryan Carroll stopped 29 of the Golden Knights' 33 shots.

Harvard won the 1,300th game in program history and extended its win streak to five games, the Crimson's longest since 2005.

Moriarty scored the tying goal at 2:28 of the third, standing in front of the left post and redirecting in a Huxley feed following a Killorn pass out of the corner. He netted the go-ahead tally 44 seconds later, banking in the puck off a Clarkson skate with Huxley and Killorn assisting.

Michael Biega made it 5-3 after Michaud blocked a CU shot and Biega outraced a defender to the puck on the left and scored on the short side. Ben Sexton answered after 28 seconds, at 7:29, but Killorn pushed the lead back to two at 13:15. He intercepted a clearing attempt inside the blue line and scored on a wrist shot from outside the circles.

The Crimson outshot the Golden Knights, 13-9, in the final period and finished 2 for 8 on the power play. Clarkson was 0 for 2.

Karpowich kept the Golden Knights in contention with 19 first-period saves, including several spectacular stops. The biggest of Carroll's nine first-period saves came on a CU power play, when he stopped Bryan Rufenach's point shot through traffic and Nick Tremblay's rebound chance.

The rest of the Crimson supplied a physical presence. Jake Morley was the victim of a crushing early hit by Brendan Rempel and an upending check in the slot from Michael Del Mauro. Danny Biega flipped a CU forward with a hip check for the second straight night, with Adam Pawlick the latest recipient, and the first intermission arrived with no score.

Moriarty had the first chance of the second period, with Karpowich making his 20th save on the Harvard junior's backhand. Clarkson took the lead on its next rush up ice, as Nik Pokulok took a long pass and scored on a high shot that was ruled a goal after video review at the 2:29 mark.

The CU lead lasted just 91 seconds, thanks to Michaud. The Biega brothers moved the puck up ice, and the senior rushed up the right side and roofed a beautiful backhand shot over Karpowich's glove-side shoulder. Clarkson struck back in the middle of the period, when Rufenach scored from the left point with each team down a man.

The goals continued to come quickly, as Alex Killorn got the puck from Everson, curled around the left faceoff circle and backhanded a shot toward net. Fallstrom redirected it past Karpowich to tie the score at 2-2 at 13:40, but Brandon DeFazio answered only 11 seconds later. Clarkson held a 15-10 edge in second-period shots, but in the final minute Pokulok was whistled for a five-minute, contact-to-the-head penalty that set the stage for Moriarty's key goals.